When I was growing up in the 1970s, the lowliest form of cultural consumption was to stay home and watch television.

All other art forms, any other art forms, were fine. To have made the effort to leave the house, travel to a temple of culture and see a performance or exhibition was proof of a refined engagement with the arts. To slouch on a sofa and be in thrall to a grotesque diet of cop shows, quizzes and soap operas was to opt out of culture

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http://www.slate.com/id/2304569/

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